Desert Horticultural Society





Field Trips, Meetings & Events

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 04, 2014
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Ave, Joshua Tree
    Faced with severe water shortages from a historic drought and State emergency mandates for water reduction usage, this workshop timely addresses critical steps that the public can take that will stretch dwindling water reserves. This popular 3-hour, how-to workshop was developed and is presented by Robin Kobaly, Executive Director of The SummerTree Institute. Ms. Kobaly is a well-known, professional botanist and wildlife biologist working to bring water awareness to ratepayers by fostering appreciation for native and nearly native plants which are markedly less consumptive than traditional
    landscapes.

    The "High-Desert Water-Wise Landscaping" teaches how to transform home landscapes into desert wise garden-scapes with guidance on plant selection and irrigation methods. Participants will be introduced to a remarkable variety of attractive, drought-tolerant plants (both native and other climate-adapted plants) to create a backyard habitat that will not only visually enhance your yard, attract birds and wildlife but most importantly, save water. Kobaly will bring an array of desert plants to help participants visualize and create a master plan for their home gardens. This learning opportunity is timed so participants can take advantage of fall, an ideal season for planting desert plants.

    The Workshop will be held at the Joshua Tree Community Center at 6171 Sunburst Ave, Joshua Tree from 12:30-3:30pm. A registration donation of $20 includes the seminar, a workbook, and a DVD with nearly 4-hours of how-to bonus materials. A special discount is offered to MBCA members. Seating is limited - this workshop fills to capacity - reserve your space at www.mbconservation.org.


    • Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Join us for a lecture on Desert Landscaping by Chris McDonald, PhD, Natural Resources Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension. Description of the lecture below.

    Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Borrow Books from the DHSCV Lending Library Glenn Huntington generously donated much of his extraordinary library of books about plants, gardening, and sustainable living to the DHSCV. Borrow books and expand your knowledge. 

    Desert Landscaping

    We are increasingly asking our landscapes to provide us with more resources and benefits with less inputs, both in the urban and wildland settings. Desert areas are especially difficult to manage with high temperatures, low rainfall and an over-reliance on groundwater in urban settings to irrigate our landscapes. In addition our traditional landscapes, and many modern xeriscape plans, offer few resources for wildlife, yet many gardeners and homeowners enjoy wildlife in their yards. There are many native plants that can provide habitat and resources for wildlife, require very little water (even in the desert!) and look beautiful in our urban and suburban landscapes. There are many different types of wildlife we can attract to our backyards and we will discuss how to improve our yards as habitat with drought-tolerant and beautiful native plants.

     
    Join us for a lecture on Desert Landscaping by Chris McDonald, PhD, Natural Resources Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension. Description of the lecture below.

    Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Borrow Books from the DHSCV Lending Library Glenn Huntington generously donated much of his extraordinary library of books about plants, gardening, and sustainable living to the DHSCV. Borrow books and expand your knowledge. 

    Desert Landscaping

    We are increasingly asking our landscapes to provide us with more resources and benefits with less inputs, both in the urban and wildland settings. Desert areas are especially difficult to manage with high temperatures, low rainfall and an over-reliance on groundwater in urban settings to irrigate our landscapes. In addition our traditional landscapes, and many modern xeriscape plans, offer few resources for wildlife, yet many gardeners and homeowners enjoy wildlife in their yards. There are many native plants that can provide habitat and resources for wildlife, require very little water (even in the desert!) and look beautiful in our urban and suburban landscapes. There are many different types of wildlife we can attract to our backyards and we will discuss how to improve our yards as habitat with drought-tolerant and beautiful native plants.

     
    Join us for a lecture on Desert Landscaping by Chris McDonald, PhD, Natural Resources Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension. Description of the lecture below.

    Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Borrow Books from the DHSCV Lending Library Glenn Huntington generously donated much of his extraordinary library of books about plants, gardening, and sustainable living to the DHSCV. Borrow books and expand your knowledge. 

    Desert Landscaping

    We are increasingly asking our landscapes to provide us with more resources and benefits with less inputs, both in the urban and wildland settings. Desert areas are especially difficult to manage with high temperatures, low rainfall and an over-reliance on groundwater in urban settings to irrigate our landscapes. In addition our traditional landscapes, and many modern xeriscape plans, offer few resources for wildlife, yet many gardeners and homeowners enjoy wildlife in their yards. There are many native plants that can provide habitat and resources for wildlife, require very little water (even in the desert!) and look beautiful in our urban and suburban landscapes. There are many different types of wildlife we can attract to our backyards and we will discuss how to improve our yards as habitat with drought-tolerant and beautiful native plants.

     
    Join us for a lecture on Desert Landscaping by Chris McDonald, PhD, Natural Resources Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension. Description of the lecture below.

    Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Borrow Books from the DHSCV Lending Library Glenn Huntington generously donated much of his extraordinary library of books about plants, gardening, and sustainable living to the DHSCV. Borrow books and expand your knowledge.

    Desert Landscaping
    We are increasingly asking our landscapes to provide us with more resources and benefits with less inputs, both in the urban and wildland settings. Desert areas are especially difficult to manage with high temperatures, low rainfall and an over-reliance on groundwater in urban settings to irrigate our landscapes. In addition our traditional landscapes, and many modern xeriscape plans, offer few resources for wildlife, yet many gardeners and homeowners enjoy wildlife in their yards. There are many native plants that can provide habitat and resources for wildlife, require very little water (even in the desert!) and look beautiful in our urban and suburban landscapes. There are many different types of wildlife we can attract to our backyards and we will discuss how to improve our yards as habitat with drought-tolerant and beautiful native plants.

    • Saturday, October 18, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
    Novice and expert gardeners will all enjoy this free event.

    There will be something for everyone including exhibits and information booths from local water agencies, gardening clubs, and The Living Desert.  This popular, free event features workshops on water-wise gardening, garden design, proper pruning techniques, irrigation practices and many other topics.  See below for a list of participants and classes.  Note that the schedule is subject to change and that class sizes are limited.  Also, pets are not allowed on premises.

    Booths
      The Living Desert
      Vintage Associates
      UCR Master Gardeners
      California Native Plant Society
      College of the Desert
      Synthetic Grass Depot 
      CV Water Counts (Water Agencies)
          Mission Springs Water
          Desert Water Agency
          Coachella Valley Water
          City of Coachella Water
          City of Indio Water
      Coachella Valley Water District
      Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley
      Water Wise Now

    Speakers, Classes, and Demonstrations*

    The schedule for the classes listed below can be found here.

    Proper Pruning
    Emphasis on shrubs, citrus, grasses and how to repair improperly pruned natives
     Al Hollinger, arborist and operations manager, Vintage Associates

    The Big Switch-Turf to Drip, Hands On Irrigation System Conversion
    Spencer Knight & Water Wise Now

    Drought Clinic
    Katie Ruark, Desert Water Agency & Derek Nguyen, City of Indio Water Authority; CV Water Counts

    DIY Grass Removal - Make Way for a Desert Garden!
    Mike Henry

    “Alter-Natives”
    Great alternative native plants to traditional garden choices
    Robin Kobaly, Executive Director, Summer Tree Inst.

    Colorful New Desert Adapted Plants for Your Garden
    Wendy Proud, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

    Growing Vegetables in the Desert – Sustainable Edible Garden
    Angela Fasano, CVWD

    Natives for Newcomers
    Designing a garden that will attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
    Glenn Huntington, Vintage Associates

    How to be a Weed Warrior in your own Back Yard
    Invasive Species: How to spot them and what to do about them.
    Jennifer Prado, Friends of the Desert Mountains

    Where Does My Green Waste Go and How do I Get it Back as Mulches or Soil Amendments for My Garden?
    Letty Vasquez, Site Manager Coachella Valley Compost & Valerie Ward, Director Community Affairs Burrtec

    Habla Espanol? No Problemo! Communicating with your Landscaper.
    Includes handout with important key phrases.
    Linda Knight, M.A. in Education and creator of simple and effective methods for bridging the communication gap between different cultures.

    Design a Desert Garden:  Painting with Plants 
    Tracy Merrigan


    *Subject to change. Class sizes limited. 
    • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Steve Robbins Administration Building, 75-515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, CA 92211

    Backyard Composting

    Workshop sponsored by the Coachella Valley Water District in partnership with Riverside County Waste Management Departmeht.

    Registration is free!
    Seating is limited!
    Register here or call (760) 398-2651
    to reserve your seat today!
    to reserve your seat today!

    • Thursday, October 30, 2014
    • 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Meet at CVWD Adminstration Building, 75515 Hovely Lane East, Palm Desert, CA

    Note that this event is sponsored by Friends of the Desert Mountains not DHSCV.

    Join us on a fascinating and educational 300-mile, 10-hour Luxury Bus Tour and learn about the history and importance of Water in the Coachella Valley, while helping to support Conservation Efforts and Programs within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

    Find out how the desert turns green!

    Stops along the route include the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Park, Colorado River, the old Plank Road, Algodones Dunes, Coachella Canal, All-American Canal, and Salton Sea Recreation Area.

    Meet at: Coachella Valley Water District Palm Desert Administration office
    75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert

    Registration begins at 7:00 am, bus leaves at 7:30 am and returns at approx. 5:30 pm

    Fee: $50.00 includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and (non-
    alcoholic) Beverages; must pre-pay with reservation

    RSVP by: Wed. Oct. 22, 2014 – Limited to 54 participants – Register Early!

    Mail checks written to Friends of the Desert Mountains, P.O. Box 1281, Palm Desert, CA 92261. For credit card payments, please call the Visitor Center at (760) 862-9984 and speak with any staff member.

    Contact Judy Colgero at (760) 862-9984 with any additional questions.

    • Saturday, November 01, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Art Smith Trail Head, Palm Desert
    If you did not get a chance to join us last year do yourself a favor and spend 2 hours with Jim Adams, Professor of Pharmacology as he moves literally from plant to plant and imparts a wealth of information regarding their curatorial powers and how they were historically used by the native inhabitants. A truly fascinating outing. No host lunch on El Paseo.

    Sign up early. There are a limited number of spaces especially for the Jim Adams tour.
    • Friday, December 05, 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Riverside, CA
    • 14

    Discover a garden seldom visited by the public. Located on the east side of the campus, it incorporates several garden styles. This is an opportunity to see another section. Last time we visited the desert garden. Then we head to the Mission Inn for an early supper and to see the historic hotel’s holiday décor.

    • Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Steve Robbins Administration Building, 75-515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, CA 92211

    Landscape Design Basics - incorporating hardscape
    materials into your landscaping

    Workshop sponsored by the Coachella Valley Water District.

    Registration is free!
    Seating is limited!
    Register here or call (760) 398-2651
    to reserve your seat today!

    • Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange in the Living Desert parking lot followed by meeting and a to be determined presentation.  More information will be posted closer to the meeting date.
    • Sunday, April 12, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Starts out at Wellness Park (SW corner of Via Miraleste & Tachevah), Palm Springs, CA 92262
    Save the date for the 10th Annual Desert Garden Tour!  Tour information will be posted in 2015, closer to the date of the event.
    • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange in the Living Desert parking lot followed by meeting and a to be determined presentation.  More information will be posted closer to the meeting date.
    • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • The Living Desert, Hoover Room
    Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

    Borrow Books from the DHSCV Lending Library Glenn Huntington generously donated much of his extraordinary library of books about plants, gardening, and sustainable living to the DHSCV. Borrow books and expand your knowledge. 

    Information on the presentation will be posted closer to the date of the meeting.


     



Past events

Saturday, September 27, 2014 National Public Lands Day - Cactus Spring Trail Improvement
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Learn About Run-off and Easy Steps to Prevent It
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 How to Overseed Without Wasting Water & Water Restriction tips
Thursday, August 14, 2014 Sherman Library & Gardens
Saturday, July 19, 2014 Big Bear Garden Tour
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Claremont Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 San Diego Botanic Garden (Quail BG)
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Meeting and Presentation by Mike Chedester of The Living Desert (open to the public)
Sunday, April 13, 2014 After Garden Tour Party
Sunday, April 13, 2014 9th Annual Desert Garden Tour
Saturday, March 08, 2014 Rancho Dos Palmas Tour
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Coachella Valley Preserve
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 South Coast Botanic Garden
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Presentation by Robin Kobaly (open to the public), Officer Elections
Thursday, December 05, 2013 UC Riverside Botanic Garden
Saturday, November 09, 2013 Medicinal Plant Hike
Saturday, November 02, 2013 The Weed Show
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Los Angeles County Arboretum
Saturday, October 19, 2013 8th Annual Desert Garden Community Day
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Meeting & Presentation on The Weed Show (open to the public)
Saturday, June 08, 2013 Balboa Park, San Diego
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Meeting & Presentation by Author James Adams
Saturday, March 23, 2013 Anza Borrego Wild Flower Hike
Saturday, February 09, 2013 Big Morongo Preserve
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 Membership Meeting & Officer Elections
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 Smoke Tree Ranch
Sunday, November 11, 2012 DHSCV Pot Luck - Members Only
Sunday, November 04, 2012 Temecula Olive Oil Tasting and Tour
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Meeting & Presentation by Al Hollinger
Saturday, July 14, 2012 BIG BEAR GARDEN TOUR
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Membership Meeting, The Living Desert
Saturday, March 31, 2012 Phoenix Home and Garden Tour
Saturday, March 17, 2012 "It House"

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